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US scholarships for Khyber Pakhtunkhwao & FATA

US scholarships to continue for KP, Fata students
Peshawar, Apr 09: The US Consulate General here has said the cancellation of Ambassador Cameron Munter's speech at the University of Peshawar by the Pakistan government due to security reasons would not have any effect on US support for underprivileged students in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata).

A press release by the US Consulate General said: "Local and national media have reported statements from the University of Peshawar's Chairman of Political Science alleging that thousands of U.S.-funded scholarships for university students were withdrawn following the cancellation of Ambassador Cameron Munter's visit to the university. These statements are not factual."

According to the press release, since 2008 USAID's FATA Livelihoods Programme has provided scholarships to more than 1,360 students across the region. It said over 90 percent of these scholarships have assisted students from low-income households who would not otherwise have had the opportunity to continue their education.The United States is committed to continuing to work with the Pakistani government to improve educational opportunities for KP and FATA's talented youth, the press release added.

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Three students commit suicide in Lower Dir over failing in exams
Timegara: Three students of government-run schools committed suicide in separate villages of Lower Dir district after failing their annual examination, sources said on Thursday.

The sources said one Ahmad Khan, a Class-VII student of Government Middle School Kumbar in the Maidan area, killed himself after failing the annual school examination.Another boy Habibullah, who was a Class-V student at the Government High School in Manyal, also committed suicide due to failure in the examination.

Both the boys died after consuming a chemical substance used to kill rodents such as mice and rats.Another student Abdullah, who was student of Government High School in Lajabuk in Class-VIII, hanged himself to death over the same reason as he too had failed to pass his school examination, the sources said.

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'UoP hostels cleared of illegal occupants'
Peshawar: The illegal occupants residing at the University of Peshawar (UoP) hostels have been ousted in a cleanup operation conducted in the male hostels of the varsity on Tuesday.

A press release said the operation was carried out against the non-UoP students by the hostel administration with the assistance of Campus Peace Corps. It added that Chief Proctor Dr Anwar Alam, Security Officer Imdad and officials of the Directorate of Administration also participated in the search operation.

The objective of this search operation, the press release said, was to make the guests and unauthorised boarders leave the dormitories. It said all the male hostels were visited and room-to-room search was conducted.

All such individuals who were residing illegally have been ousted and the rooms under their occupation have been vacated, it stated. It said some of the illegal occupants wee handed over to the police. Meanwhile, a joint action team was set up to identify such elements in the future so that stern action could be taken against them.

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PCST confers awards on KUST faculty members
Peshawar: The Pakistan Council for Science and Technology (PCST) has conferred awards on the faculty members of the Kohat University of Science and Technology (KUST) for their outstanding research work.

"We are in competition with none but with ourselves to bring laurels for this prestigious seat of learning," a press release quoted Prof Nasir Jamal Khattak, vice chancellor of KUST, as saying while addressing a gathering of the faculty.

He said the KUST stood fourth in Pakistan in the ranking released by the Higher Education Commission, Islamabad. He said one of its faculty members, Prof Dr Fida Younas Khattak, was awarded Tamgha-i-Imtiaz for his meritorious services in the field of education and research.

The PCST gave awards to Dr Murad Ali Khan, Dr Izhar-ul-Haq, Dr Ijaz Ahmad, Dr Iqbal Hussain, Dr Javid Hussain, Dr Sagheer Ahmad and Dr Arifullah Khan. The news

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